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Michael Vella
General Counsel

Michael (Mike) Vella is General Counsel at Velodyne Lidar, where he advises the company on its diverse legal and regulatory matters. Mike is a California-licensed lawyer with over 25 years of experience.

Prior to joining Velodyne Lidar, Mike worked as a partner at two international law firms (Jones Day and Morrison & Foerster), including a decade spent in China, representing both international and Chinese companies. During that time, Mike successfully handled several high-profile cross-border disputes for some of the world’s top companies.

During his legal career, Mike advised tech startups and multinationals on legal issues involving business operations, IP challenges, litigation, and compliance matters. Mike is particularly experienced in handling IP disputes involving China, the US and Europe. Mike is also frequent writer and speaker on international IP disputes and global compliance challenges.


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